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China rejected accusations over alleged cyber attacks

Beijing, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) China today urged the United States and the United Kingdom to stop politicizing cybersecurity issues and accused both countries of exaggerating alleged Chinese cyber attacks. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lin Jian assured that the imposition of sanctions on individuals and entities in China are purely political moves.

“China is strongly dissatisfied with this,” the spokesman said, adding that Beijing will take necessary measures to defend its legitimate interests.

Lin demanded both nations not to defame and slander China and to stop carrying out cyberattacks against China.

The United States announced sanctions against a Chinese company and two Chinese citizens, accusing them of malicious cyber operations against Washington’s critical infrastructure, backed by the Chinese government.

The United Kingdom also accused China of carrying out cyber-attacks against its elected representatives and electoral commissions.

The New Zealand government expressed concern to Beijing over an alleged “government-backed” cyberattack against New Zealand’s parliament in 2021 but said it would not impose sanctions.

According to the Foreign Ministry, cyberattacks against China’s state-owned entities occur almost daily, mostly originated from the U.S. soil.